LIDL SETS SIGHTS ON HUNDREDS OF NEW STORES - Lidl Great Britain (2024)

  • Lidl GB announces plans to open hundreds of new stores across the country
  • This follows a year of significant investment in its infrastructure, including the opening of largest RDC globally in Luton
  • Update comes as the discounter publishes latest wish list of locations, eyeing major growth in cities including Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, and London
  • Stores opening across the country in coming months include Bristol, Birmingham and Berwick, along with Wandsworth, Fulham and Canning Town in London alone
  • This year marks 30 years since the opening of Lidl GB’s first store, as it celebrates a record high market share of 8%

30thApril 2024: In its 30th year, Lidl GB is today announcing plans to open hundreds of new stores across the country, creating thousands of new jobs.

This follows a year of significant investment in its infrastructure to further strengthen operations, during which Lidl opened its largest global warehouse in Luton. The discounter has also been optimising and enhancing its existing estate. This has included the completion of an extension to its Welsh distribution centre in Bridgend, along with significant progress in its Belvedere warehouse expansion, which will result in its size and capacity being doubled once the project is complete. It also introduced enhancements to its store estate, including the rollout of electronic shelf labels, all of which in turn have supported Lidl’s record growth, with market share now standing at 8%.

The discounter, which has consistently been the fastest growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months, is doubling down on its commitment to making good food accessible to everyone. New store openings will see Lidl reach thousands of additional households across the country and grow its record high market share further still.

In the coming months, Lidl will welcome shoppers to new stores across the country, from Bristol in the West Country, Birmingham in the West Midlands and Berwick in Scotland. In London alone, where Lidl is now the third largest supermarket with double the market share of any other discounter, it will be opening new stores in Wandsworth, Fulham, Hoxton and Canning Town.

Today’s announcement comes as the discounter publishes its latest list of desired locations for potential new stores, and sees Lidl eyeing major growth in cities including Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, and London, and towns from Woking and Wadebridge to Dumfries and Didcot.

Richard Taylor, Lidl GB Chief Development Officer, commented: “Having fortified our infrastructure with significant investments like Luton, which is the largest warehouse in the Lidl world, we're proud to have achieved record market share this month. We have also been the fastest growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months in a row. With an exceptional store network and our laser focus on operational excellence, we’re welcoming more customers through our doors than ever before, which positions us perfectly for continued expansion.

“As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to ensuring that all households across the country have access to high quality produce at affordable prices is stronger than ever. We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores but ultimately see no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential. This is why we’re continuing to invest in new locations whilst exploring innovative routes to expansion. As we look ahead, we’re excited to welcome even more new shoppers to our existing stores, as well as those we’re planning to open across the country in the coming months and years.”

Should a site be successfully identified, the discounter will pay a finders’ fee of either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price, or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds, which would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase.

The discounter is specifically looking for sites in prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow, with 1.5+ acres for a standalone store and up to four acres for mixed-use schemes. Sites should allow for unit sizes between 18,000 and 26,500 sq ft and over 100 dedicated car parking spaces, and Lidl’s flexible approach means it will consider freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities.

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About Lidl GB

Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl GB has experienced continuous growth and today has over 32,000 employees, over 960 stores and 14 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

As part of the Schwarz retail group, Lidl is one of Europe’s leading organisations in the food retail industry. The supermarket, which has around 376,000 employees globally, currently operates over 12,200 stores and more than 220 logistics centres and warehouses in 31 countries.

The supermarket takes pride in providing its customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout Great Britain, from Kirkwall to the Isle of Wight. Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company's daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society, and the environment. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.

The Schwarz Group, which operates worldwide as a retail group, generated a turnover of €154.1 billion in the financial year 2022.

For more information about Lidl GB visit corporate.lidl.co.uk.

LIDL SETS SIGHTS ON HUNDREDS OF NEW STORES - Lidl Great Britain (2024)

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LIDL SETS SIGHTS ON HUNDREDS OF NEW STORES - Lidl Great Britain? ›

Lidl GB has announced plans to open hundreds of new stores across the country, creating thousands of new jobs. This follows a year of significant investment in its infrastructure to further strengthen operations, during which Lidl opened its largest global warehouse in Luton.

What makes Lidl different from other supermarkets? ›

Lidl/Aldi run their shop with 4–5 people where Tesco/ASDA would use up to 10 for a similar footprint. checkout is *fast*, which means less people needed on checkout and less waiting time for customers; smaller stores, smaller assortment — i.e. 2 kinds of strawberry jam instead of 23.

How many Lidl stores are there in Britain? ›

Over 2,000 brilliant products. More than 960 stores across the UK.

Where did the name Lidl come from? ›

Ludwig Lidl was only a partner of the man who started the German business in the 1940s, Josef Schwarz. After Josef died in 1977, his son Dieter bought the rights to Ludwig Lidl's name for 1000 Marks. He not use his family's own name because 'Schwarz Markt' would have meant 'black market'.

What is Lidl famous for? ›

We're famous for being 'Big on Quality, Lidl On Price' - but that's only part of our story.

Is Aldi or Lidl nicer? ›

According to brand research data from consultancy Mintel, Aldi outperforms Lidl in terms of being a “favourite retailer, offering an excellent experience and being a recommended retailer”. Aldi has certainly invested in its store experience, with its new generation stores a far cry from the utilitarian stores of old.

Is Lidl related to Trader Joe's? ›

It's a common misconception that Lidl and Aldi are owned by the same company -- but they're not, they're both simply German. The reason folks might make this mistake is that Aldi and Trader Joe's are owned by Aldi Nord.

Is Lidl owned by Aldi? ›

Both Lidl and Aldi are German-owned discount supermarkets, but — despite what many people believe — the two retailers are not related. There are quite a few differences between Lidl and Aldi, which go beyond corporate ownership.

Is Aldi and Lidl two brothers? ›

Urban myth claims the German discounter rivals Aldi and Lidl were founded by two brothers. That isn't true. Both grocery store empires were founded by different families. Instead, it's actually Aldi's massive global empire that was split into two, with half owned by one brother and half by another.

What does Lidl mean in German? ›

It doesn't mean anything. Lidl is a surname that is most commonly found in Southern Bavaria. The origin of the surname Lidl is the given name Ludwig, which Lidl is an affectionate form of. Lidl doesn't use quarters for grocery carts, for example.

What is so special about Lidl? ›

Around 80% of our products are private label—all of which undergo rigorous taste, quality and sensory testing. What can we say, we're picky. We're more than just food. Every Wednesday, new surprises await in the middle of our stores.

Where does Lidl meat come from? ›

At Lidl we're Big On British as all of our fresh beef, chicken and pork is 100% British and locally sourced from trusted suppliers for the best quality and taste.

What makes Lidl so cheap? ›

It keeps labor costs low.

Lidl stores are thinly staffed to keep labor costs down. To limit the amount of human interaction, Lidl has efficient technology and automation in the back room, Koontz told Business Insider. In the store, customers are required to weigh their produce and bag their own groceries.

What is the competitive advantage of Lidl? ›

Lidl can keep its prices competitive by integrating simplicity into stores, avoiding elaborate décor and excessive staffing. Instead, Lidl passes these savings on to its customers, prioritizing their needs.

What makes Lidl stand out? ›

Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company's daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society, and the environment. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.

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